Coming Attractions is inspired by The Perpetual Page Turner's Save The Date. Coming Attractions showcases a book that is not released for a while that I've read, and gives you a sneak peek (like a pre-review, if you will) as to what I thought about the book, since I can't post the review until closer to the release date.
Series: Uninvited, #1
Release Date: January 28th, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Word Rating: Fishladders
Reviewed by: Kate
The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.
When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.
Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.
The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.
I have a confession to make. When I first saw this book's cover, I said (aloud), "Why does her hair look like fishladders?" You know, Fishladders. Like what a fish uses when he's ready to get out of the pool? That's a thing, right? It makes way more sense than DNA. I'm an idiot.
But I really enjoyed this book. Paranormal Romance is my jam, man. There were a few things that didn't quite work for me, but I am solidly on board for book two.
What didn't work:
CHAPTER OPENERS: Jordan used that device that you tend to need in futuristic writing where you don't want to do a lot of annoying infodumps--you know, the fake newspaper articles and letters from one important person to another at the tops of chapters like in Feed--and she did it pretty poorly. The legal wording was particularly cringe-worthy.
RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN WOMEN: The main character has an uneasy relationship with her mother, and that's about as good as it gets. Everyone she connects with emotionally (including her older brother, who is great) is a teenage boy. I think this may just be a result of the type of story Jordan is telling here, though, because I've read five of her books and this is the only one with this problem.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY: There is none. My guess is that if became too complicated to tell this story, which I saw as kind of a metaphor for how people who are born with a particular trait--skin color, sexuality, whatever--can be ostracized by society, without the added complication of figuring out a way to work in race in a way that isn't super offensive. But still, having a gorgeous bad boy foster child love interest with blond hair and blue eyes felt like a little bit of a missed opportunity. And in Jordan's defense, she doesn't describe the physical appearance of every single character--just the main ones--so the reader can incorporate her own diversity on a small scale.
EVERYTHING ELSE: Literally everything else worked for me. Even the insta-love (on the boy; it takes the girl a lot longer) was not at all a problem because the characters are both gorgeous, intelligent teenagers who are the only gorgeous people in the tiny space they are given to live in. OF COURSE they are immediately obsessed with each other. And the boy is a good, solidly sexy one, guys. I think you're really gonna like him.
I think most readers will really like the book in general (not just the sexy boy) as long as they read it with their romance hats on. Like, as opposed to their science fiction ones. Please throw your science fiction hat into the closet and shut the door completely before you crack open the cover of this novel.
Trigger Warning: Attempted rape, lots of physical violence, and some creepy sexual undertones.